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Threading machine needles (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 11/12/03 1:48 PM
I'm sure that, like me, many of you were taught to moisten the end of your thread with saliva, then thread the moistened end into your machine needle. I actually have found that it works better if you wet your finger tip with the tip of your tongue (or with water, if you prefer) and then rub the tip of your finger behind the needle eye. The surface tension from the water on the eye of the needle helps pull the thread through and makes threading much easier.

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Deepika said...
Yes Ann, I do it all the time!
11/12/03 2:34 PM
Karla Kizer said...
I read a tip a few years ago (in Threads, maybe?) that said to push the tip of the thread against the needle and then lower it toward the eye, where it will "automatically" pop through. I've had a little success with this method, but I'll bet that combined with Ann's tip, it would work beautifully. These aging eyes need all the help they can get. Thanks, Ann.
11/13/03 6:26 AM
Patti B said...
I haven't tried Ann's method yet but I have to recommend the Elna Amazing Needle Threader at Clotilde (or your local sewing shop). I got one when I bought my serger -- love it! My new sewing machine has a threader (hooray) but I use this all the time on the serger and on my old sewing machine. It's mah-va-lous!
11/13/03 9:14 AM
Sew it seams said...
I do this too, Ann. Also, if you hold a small piece of white paper (or anything white) behind the needle, you can see the hole a lot easier. I use the white plastic tool used to crease fabric.
11/13/03 12:39 PM
GorgeousFabrics said...
Debe, that reminds me of something I heard or read somewhere... If you don't have a machine with a white shank (like a Viking), you can put a thin coat of White-Out on your shank to make it easier to see. -Ann
11/13/03 1:36 PM
KMangum said...
I've used this method for quite a while, and can't begin to remember what it was like "before". I wet my finger tip, pinch the end of the thread, and then rub the back of the needle eye. It's almost an automatic movement now.
11/15/03 5:40 PM
Mini said...
Thanks, Ann! It really works. I never knew about this, and I have been sewing for about a million years:).
11/16/03 9:14 AM

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